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Why DTS Headphone: X Isn’t Ready For Fans of Surround Hi-Fi

Why DTS Headphone: X Isn’t Ready For Fans of Surround Hi-Fi

It's been a few years since the official unveiling of DTS Headphone: X, a new technology that promises to change how we listen to music, movies, and television using our favorite headphones. Now, that technology is finally starting to roll out, with the most recent introduction of the Nubia Z17S Android smartphone, initial reviews are mostly underwhelmed. With a limited and expensive music library thus far, will DTS Headphone: X make waves in hi-fi, or is it destined to remain just another smartphone app?

DTS Headphone:X is a new technology that promises to change how we listen to music, movies, and television using our favorite headphones. Have initial reviews come up short of expectations? Read on.

— November 10, 2017 12:00 in Editorials

Auro-3D Listening Evaluation on a Denon AVR-X7200WA

Auro-3D Listening Evaluation on a Denon AVR-X7200WA

You might not know it but Auro-3D is the granddaddy of immersive audio. Armed with Denon's AVR-X7200WA receiver, we took a good hard look at Auro-3D's technology, how to take advantage of it at home, and how it performed in a real-world setup. We give you our candid thoughts about what makes Auro-3D special among competing immersive formats and some of the downsides that come with trying to run parallel Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X immersive surround speaker installations.

Immersive audio isn't just Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. We demoed Auro-3D and looked at the technology, how to take advantage of it at home, and how it performed in a real-world setup with listening tests.

— November 01, 2017 00:00 in Editorials

Is the Netflix Empire Built on a House of Cards?

Is the Netflix Empire Built on a House of Cards?

The company that started life as a subscription DVD rentals has built an entertainment empire on award winning but expensive original content on a bleeding-edge streaming service. Earnings statements for Netflix have been rosy as revenue and subscribers grow at an incredible pace. But how much longer can Netflix continue to grow at its present rate? With high powered competitors like Amazon, Apple and Google moving into its market, some analysts think it may only be short lived.

From a Q3 2017 earnings report, Netflix is at an all-time high in almost any meaningful measure. The online entertainment service has over 109 million subscribers worldwide but can it be maintained?

— October 21, 2017 00:00 in Editorials

Star Trek Discovery - Stranded in Compressed, Two-Channel Subscription Space

Star Trek Discovery - Stranded in Compressed, Two-Channel Subscription Space

CBS has done it again, they’re treating Star Trek fans like a Gorn warrior treats Captain Kirk on Cestus III. CBS/Paramount are exploiting fan’s dedication to their favorite TV franchise by holding the new series hostage behind its video-streaming subscription service, CBS All Access. Will die-hard fans be willing to pay for this service to see their beloved Star Trek on TV again? Read on to see our thoughts why we remain skeptical.

The premiere of Star Trek Discovery aired on the CBS network on 9/24/17 and was enjoyed by anyone who could get over-air reception. But episode one was a teaser to make you pay for CBS All Access.

— October 04, 2017 17:00 in Editorials

Walter Becker & Steely Dan: Engineering the Passion Behind the Sound

Walter Becker & Steely Dan: Engineering the Passion Behind the Sound

On September 3rd, 2017, the world lost another musical legend - Walter Becker, one half of the duo named Steely Dan. Becker was the kind of misanthrope that would roll his eyes at yet another gushing tribute to his genius. So, I’ll spare you the sentimental fawning and just cut straight to why I think the life and career of Walter Becker mattered to music.

On September 3rd, 2017, the world lost another musical legend - Walter Becker, one half of the duo that named themselves after a metallic sex toy from a William S. Burroughs novel; Steely Dan.

— October 02, 2017 00:00 in Editorials

What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

Ever wonder how companies come up with the names for their products? Why is it the Revelator and not the 100x? How important is the name? Does the name really affect the sales and market acceptance of a product one way or the other? People have wildly differing views on the topic, based on their own experiences and their perception of their own expertise. Read on to find out more.

Ever wonder how companies come up with the names for their products? Can a name really affect sales and product perception? Can a clever name rescue a bad product? Read on to find out.

— August 14, 2017 12:00 in Editorials

Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

Ever wonder about the different marketing strategies behind the way various consumer electronics companies present their products? Some are boutique brands, available only at prestigious, appointment-only retailers. Some are very widely distributed, at Walmart, Best Buy, everywhere. Some are direct online sales only. It's all very intentional. Here's a peek behind the curtain on how these business models target their consumers.

This article presents the different marketing strategies behind the way various consumer electronics companies present their products. It's all very intentional. Here's a peek behind the curtain.

— July 14, 2017 00:00 in Editorials

T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show To Take Center Stage in Anaheim

T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show To Take Center Stage in Anaheim

T.H.E. Show Anaheim is set to take place September 21-24, 2017 in a brand new location—The Hilton Anaheim, steps away from Disneyland. For music lovers and Audiophiles of all levels, T.H.E. Show Anaheim will be Southern California’s largest high-end consumer electronics Show ever offering attendees an opportunity to see and hear the latest in loudspeakers, audio components, home theater, video, HDTV, digital music, vinyl recordings, headphones, virtual reality, educational seminars and more. You won't want to miss this so register NOW!

T.H.E. Show Anaheim is set to take place September 21-24,2017 to demo new loudspeakers, audio components, home theater, HDTV, vinyl, headphones, virtual reality, & educational seminars. Register now!

— July 12, 2017 00:23 in Editorials

Xbox One X: Consoles Hit the Downside of the Innovation Curve

Xbox One X: Consoles Hit the Downside of the Innovation Curve

The biggest story out of last week's E3 was the debut of Xbox One X. Yes, Microsoft has launched the first salvo in the next-generation game console war. Xbox One X is sure to excite dedicated Xbox fans that feel they've been missing out on true 4K gaming. This time Microsoft has made Ultra-HD resolutions and HDR the prime motivator for your next console upgrade. But with no platform exclusive titles, no truly innovative changes, Xbox One X may look more like another incremental upgrade than a truly next-gen console.

Microsoft unveiled Xbox One X, its next generation game console at E3 last week. It features true native 4K Ultra-HD and HDR, but offers little else in the way of innovations. Will that be enough?

— June 21, 2017 07:00 in Editorials

Win a Fully Expenses Paid Trip to T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show

Win a Fully Expenses Paid Trip to T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show

T.H.E. Show Anaheim (formerly known as T.H.E. Show Newport), is set to take place September 21-24, 2017 in a brand new location—The Hilton Anaheim, steps away from Disneyland in southern California. Here's your chance to see and hear all the latest in high end two-channel and home theater audio gear from over 400 brands around the world. Best of all, if you enter their sweepstakes by July 4th, you can win a fully expenses paid trip for two to attend as well as many other prizes. Don't miss T.H.E. Show!

T.H.E. Show Anaheim (Sept 21-24, 2017) in Southern California is demoing over 400 brands of high end audio gear. Enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win a fully expenses paid trip for two on them!

— June 19, 2017 18:15 in Editorials

Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

We have no doubt Virtual Reality (VR) will mature into an amazing experience for gamers. Someday, when VR no longer requires total isolation and a face-mask, it might carry the kind of mainstream appeal as home theater when it comes to bringing alternate realities to the masses. Think Star Trek Holodeck. But for now, it's the focus of a lot of hype, a lot of overly-optimistic sales projections and obscene amounts of investment capital for the foreseeable return. Will it replace home theater? We don't think so. Read on to find out why.

It’s still early days for VR, and 2016 can be seen as the market’s year zero. A wide variety of VR headsets went on sale last year after much hype, speculation and capital investment. But what's next?

— April 25, 2017 17:00 in Editorials

Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

President Donal Trump just signed a repeal for an FCC privacy regulation designed to protect consumers from Internet providers selling their data. If present deregulation continues, your ISP and wireless provider will be able to sell your browsing history, app usage and geolocation information without your permission. Your online privacy could potentially be a new revenue source for telecommunications companies like Comcast and AT&T. Who do you trust to protect your data?

President Donald Trump just signed a repeal for an FCC privacy regulation designed to protect consumers from Internet providers selling their data. Find out what this means to you the consumer.

— April 07, 2017 12:00 in Editorials

Denon/Marantz Audyssey MultEQ Editor App Allows Full Customization of Sound

Denon/Marantz Audyssey MultEQ Editor App Allows Full Customization of Sound

Denon and Marantz have launched a new Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, giving home theater enthusiasts control to refine and customize the set-up of their systems for even better surround sound. The app is accessible via a tablet or smartphone device and allows for full curve editing and limiting to a certain range of frequencies for room correction. We are particularly excited about this since you can now limit Audyssey room EQ to below the room transition frequency (300Hz) to concentrate where it's needed most - the bass frequencies. Read on to find out which models support this and exactly what the app will allow you to do.

Denon and Marantz have launched a new Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, giving home theater enthusiasts full control to refine and customize the set-up of their systems for even better surround sound.

— April 05, 2017 13:05 in Editorials

Wikileaks: The CIA is Spying on All Your Electronics - And it's Getting Weird

Wikileaks: The CIA is Spying on All Your Electronics - And it's Getting Weird

The latest round of Wikileaks is called Year Zero and includes over 8,000 pages of details about how the CIA is spying on just about anything with an Internet connection. Its a sobering prospect that exploits to only a handful of operating systems, including iOS and Android, and provides backdoor access to just about everything that connects to the Internet. Your phone, TV and set top boxes are child's play - the CIA now has access to weaponized hacks on any Internet connected machinery or vehicle with electronic controls.

The latest round of Wikileaks is called Year Zero and includes over 8,000 pages of details about how the CIA is spying on just about anything with an Internet connection. Are you being watched?

— March 16, 2017 00:00 in Editorials